Galpin Ford GTR1 Concept Hits the Road in Monterey | Edmunds

Galpin Ford GTR1 Concept Hits the Road in Monterey

Just the Facts:
  • The Galpin Ford GTR1 Concept is built on the Ford GT with all new bodywork.
  • A 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger boosts power output to a claimed 1,058 horsepower and 992 pound-feet of torque.
  • Price is estimated at $1 million and includes the donor Ford GT.

MONTEREY, California — The Monterey motorsports weekend is a showcase for unique cars. In a place where most Lamborghinis, Ferraris and McLarens barely turn a head, you essentially have to be in a one-of-a-kind vehicle to make any sort of impression. We did just that when we climbed into the Galpin Ford GTR1 concept for a quick tour around the Peninsula.

The GTR1 concept debuted last year at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Built to represent Galpin Auto Sports' vision of what a next-generation Ford GT would embody, that first concept sported twin turbochargers that increased output to 1,024 horsepower and 739 pound-feet of torque.

According to Galpin's Brandon Boeckmann, they didn't quite like the turbos' personality, so they installed a massive 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger instead. The GTR1 concept now boasts 1,058 hp and 992 lb-ft of torque.

Along with the engine upgrades, Galpin also made significant suspension, aerodynamic and chassis modifications to handle the increased power. Upgrade highlights include new control arms, a redesigned front splitter and belly pan and carbon-carbon brakes.

As expected the GTR1 is a beast of a car. Like any supercar, acceleration is terrifyingly quick and brutal. Any throttle input results in a maniacal roar from the engine and exhaust, along with a high-pitched whine from the supercharger that sounds like a fighter jet running up its engines. As a vehicle intended for the street, nothing sounds quite like it. It makes the already raucous Jaguar F-Type R sound like a Toyota Prius by comparison.

Galpin intends to produce the GTR1 in a very limited run with prices estimated around $1 million including the donor Ford GT. Creature comforts include air-conditioning and a premium McIntosh sound system. Admittedly, that powerful audio will be drowned out by the glorious engine noises.

Edmunds says: Wealthy enthusiasts looking for a truly American supercar should look no further than the Galpin Ford GTR1.

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